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    Video caption: Exeter WW2 bomb detonated after homes evacuated

    A controlled detonation has been carried out on an unexploded World War Two bomb found in Exeter.

  2. Tributes to Exeter councillor Judy Pattison

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Tributes have been paid to Exeter City Councillor Judy Pattison, who died late last week at her Exeter home.

    The 70-year-old was the Labour Party member for Mincinglake and Whipton after being elected in 2018, and had previously served as a councillor in Camden in London, becoming Mayor of Camden in 2002-3.

    Council Leader Phil Bialyk said "all councillors" across the political spectrum were "deeply saddened to hear of the death of Judy" and her contribution "in supporting members of the community will be greatly missed".

    The council said that, due to coronavirus a by-election would not take place until May.

    Labour retains control of the authority with 28 seats out of 39.

    Judy Pattison
  3. Exeter groups encouraged to apply for £500 help

    Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

    BBC News

    Community groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply for what could be much-needed support following lockdown.

    Exeter City Council has reopened its Ward Grant programme, which allows for groups to apply for up to £500 in support of their activities, after it had to be suspended due to coronavirus.

    People can also carry on accessing the Covid-19 Community Action Fund which is still running and aims to support groups wanting to use their skills and experience to create change and better the community. Applicants can get up to £1,000 through the fund.

    Cllr Amal Ghusain, lead councillor for Communities and Culture, said: “The Action Fund was launched 72 hours after lockdown was announced and has been a lifeline to so many groups.

    "We have issued over £116,000 to local groups and organisations to help them through the crisis and will continue to do so.”

  4. Exeter leisure centres free for current members

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Pyramids Leisure Centre

    Exeter’s leisure centres are set to open again in the coming weeks following extensive work to ensure they are safe to use.

    Each centre will now be run under the direct management of Exeter City Council rather than being outsourced to a private company.

    Memberships were frozen during lockdown and the council said there would be no charge for current members until at least 1 January 2021.

    The council's plan is to open the ISCA Centre and Exeter Arena on 28 September, Wonford Sports Centre and Northbrook Swimming Pool on 5 October and Pyramids Swimming Pool and Riverside on 12 October.

    Information about new memberships at reduced rates will be available shortly.

    Council leader Phil Bialyk said: “This is a fresh start for our leisure centres, and it is great that the service has been taken back in-house by the council.

    “Our aim is to create top class facilities for the people of Exeter, as part of our drive to remain one of the healthiest and most active locations in the country.”

  5. Exeter 'leading way' on plastic bag recycling

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter has become the first council in the UK to turn plastic bags collected from the kerbside into litter bin bags.


    The council has partnered up with plastic recycling company Jayplas and the project means waste polythene bags collected from households across the city and trade customers are sent to a sorting plant where they are turned into recycled granules.

    The compounded material is then turned into plastic litter sacks which are sent back to Exeter.

    David Harvey, lead councillor for environment, said: "No other council in the UK has been able to do what we are about to do.

    "Exeter is leading the way in both recycling and protecting the environment."

  6. Exeter to vote on budget after £11m Covid-19 shortfall

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter city councillors will vote on an emergency budget on Tuesday evening as the authority looks to plug an £11m shortfall because of coronavirus costs.

    The funding squeeze has been caused by extra costs during the pandemic, as well as a drop in income - mainly because of empty car parks during the lockdown.

    Opposition Lib Dem and Green councillors said they were to call for parking charges to be introduced at leisure centres and public spaces to raise money to support housing costs.

  7. Exeter bin crews 'suffering more abuse from the public'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Bin crews in Exeter have reported receiving "significant and increasing levels of abuse from members of the public in the past few weeks", according to the city council.

    The authority said on Facebook it would not tolerate any abuse or threatening behaviour towards staff, and would continue to report all such incidents to relevant authorities.

    Quote Message: Just a short while ago, our crews were held up as lockdown heroes for working so hard during very difficult circumstances to ensure the city’s bins were emptied and people’s lives could carry on with a semblance of normality. They should not be subjected to insults and aggression for carrying on with their already tough job now that restrictions have eased and the roads are busier." from Exeter City Council
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  8. Lockdown slashes Exeter finances by more than £11m

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online


    Exeter City Council has lost more than £11m during the coronavirus crisis, council bosses have calculated.

    The council said it had lost millions due to car parks being closed, missing out on commercial rent and income from leisure, waste and visitor attractions.

    An emergency budget will be discussed next week where councillors will look at where money can be saved to ensure it stays within its agreed budget between now and April.

    The council said there were no redundancies planned as a direct result of the emergency budget but there is "the potential for redundancies as a result of some of the changes to services outlined in the medium term financial plan over the following two years".

    Among the reductions in spending being proposed are a freeze on vacant posts, suspension of The Citizen - the council's quarterly newspaper, no sponsorship of planned festivals and events, a significant reduction in agency staff and reductions in high profile services like graffiti removal.

    Council leader Phil Bialyk said: "We are not cutting services, but we are having to scale back. It may be that grass is not cut as often as it currently is, for example, and there will be changes to other services like graffiti removal."

    Members of the Council’s Executive will discuss the report at a virtual meeting on Tuesday 7 July at 17:30.

  9. Third of eligible firms make coronavirus grants bids

    BBC Radio Devon

    Hundreds of businesses in Exeter who've been invited to make a claim for a grant to help them through the coronavirus outbreak have yet to do so.

    Empty cafe

    Exeter City Council is helping distribute £25m of government funding in the form of either small business grants or retail, hospitality and leisure grants.

    Last week, the council wrote to 2,000 businesses in the city inviting them to make a claim.

    But at the moment, only about a third to a half of those eligible have responded.

    There are more details about what is available here.

  10. Coronavirus: Exeter 'hub' plan to organise help for vulnerable

    BBC Spotlight

    Exeter City Council will launch a scheme later aimed at getting food and other vital supplies to vulnerable people in the coronavirus crisis.


    It's one of the community hubs or "local support systems" that ministers have ordered.

    The city council scheme will match volunteers and community groups with those who need help.

    Pharmacies across the region will be key in the chain of making sure the medicines can be delivered.

  11. Exeter Lib Dems and Green party team up for next election

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Party members stood outside court

    The two parties have agreed to work together to form the official opposition in Exeter City Council's 2020 election.

    The agreement means only a Green or a Lib Dem candidate will stand against the opposing candidates in each Exeter ward for the election on 7 May 2020.

    It follows a collaboration between the two parties over the last year, operating under the 'progressive group' banner, along with the independent councillor Jemima Moore.

    The council is currently made up of 29 Labour councillors, six Conservatives, two Liberal Democrats, one Green Party member, and one Independent.

    The Progressive Group said the collaboration would ensure "the range of views in our community are fairly represented on the council."

    Where will they stand?

    Lib Dems:

    • Duryard & St James,
    • Newtown & St Leonards,
    • Pennsylvania,
    • Pinhoe
    • St Loyes
    • St Thomas
    • Topsham

    The Green Party:

    • Alphington
    • Exwick
    • Heavitree
    • Mincinglake & Whipton
    • Priory
    • St Davids
  12. City council have nothing to go on for Exeter toilet usage

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Exeter City Council has no idea how many people used the toilets of city centre business over the summer.

    Councillors in April voted to close 15 of the 26 toilets that the city council operates and those toilets have since closed.

    As well as the council having to make £60,000 of savings from its budget, councillors were not told that there would still be 11 public toilets available and there would be an abundance of publicly accessible alternatives in the city centre.

    Proposals were also put forward for a community toilet scheme to be introduced that would allow the general public to use toilets in city centre businesses – although the majority of businesses did not support it.

    Following the closures, Cllr Diana Moore asked questions at last Tuesday night’s executive meeting about usage levels, saying: “How many city centre businesses welcomed visitors who were not customers to use their toilets this summer?”

    But in response, Cllr Phil Bialyk, leader of the council, said that they didn’t have any figures to that effect.

    He said: “We would have to ask all the businesses who have facilities to keep a record and if they thought someone was a customer or not. I don’t think anyone records that information and in the larger stores over more than one floor, it would be very difficult to say, and I don’t think anyone has the resources to record that.”

    Asking if public toilets would be part of the CityPoint scheme – the £300m redevelopment of the area around the bus station – Cllr Bialyk said that they would have to look at the planning proposals that came forward, and then it will be discussed at the time when they did.

    Exeter public toilets
  13. Business improvement area to be extended

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The boundary of the Exeter Business Improvement District (BID) is set to be extended to include Magdalen Road.

    The current scheme runs until the end of the year, with a second term due to run until 2025, subject to a vote in October.

    Magdalen Road was named as one of the "Top 10 coolest shopping areas" in the world by The Guardian last year.

    Among the projects that the BID has delivered over the last five years include the Christmas lights across the city.

    Magdalen Road
  14. Exeter plan to collect general waste every three weeks

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Household waste is set to be collected only once every three weeks in Exeter in a bid to raise the city’s recycling rates.

    Exeter City Council’s executive voted on Tuesday night to introduce sweeping changes to the way waste is collected in the city.

    Under the new proposals, glass would now be collected from the kerbside rather than householders having to take their empty bottles and jars to recycling banks around the city. Householders would be issued with a food waste bin and a kitchen caddy for collecting the food waste before it is placed outside in the bin.

    Exeter recycling bins

    Extra recycling boxes and bags would also be issued to allow for the collection of glass bottles and jars.

    But with the introduction of food waste collections, less waste will need to go in the black bins, and so collections for household waste would only take place every three weeks.

    The model, which, if agreed by full council later this month, would see Exeter City Council replicate East Devon District Council's recycling model.

    Exeter has the lowest recycling rates in Devon - just 30.8% - while East Devon has the highest - at about 60%.

    Speaking at Tuesday's executive meeting, council leader Phil Bialyk said this was an important policy change and showed the council is listening.